Some Additions

I have recently added some new posts to this blog.  They were written in years past, so I post them as such, on the date they were posted on another blog, and another hosts.  I am planning on deleting that other blog; after I get all moved here.

This blog was started in June 13, 2011.  Though it has not had many readers I am thankful for each one who comes here, and I am praying for you.  Thanks for coming by.

-tim

Ramblings for the Day

I am still keeping my journal. I have written it it every day since starting it again.  Today I wrote of my awaking and getting up time; the Scripture I read for the day, the schedule for the day’s reading – which is different from my reading, because I am ahead of the schedule.

I also wrote of the activity trip I had with the cross country running team.  I took them to Carthage.

I did not write about the thoughts I am having of spending two extra days a week down on the church field.  Doing some pastoral visits, evangelism as God leads and provides.

I am thankful to my Lord today for all His many blessings.  Thank You Lord for the air I breathe, the ground upon which I walk and where I live.  Thank You for every beat of my heart, for eyes to see, ears to hear, for the stars of the heavens; they are surely the “floor joists” of your abode called Heaven.  You are awesome and glorious and powerful in all Your ways.

That is it from along the banks of Flat Creek.

-Tim

Reading Books

Let me tell you what I am in the process of reading.  I bought a copy of a book by Joel Rosenberg, titled “The Twelfth Imam”.  I have read two or three of Rosenberg’s books before, “The Ezekiel Option” and “The Last Jihad” from the local library.

His books are novels, and are published as political thrillers, and they often have a Christian message in them.  Don’t let that stop you from reading them.  I am not writing this as a review, but to let you know I am enjoying the reading of it.  Once I start  it is hard to put down.

Rosenberg is a Jewish, and a Christian.  He also has a blog I have an e-subscription to.  It is Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog.  You may find it interesting and informing as well.

“The Twelfth Imam” is pretty much set in the Mid-East, and deals with the life of a young man; David Shirazi; aka   Reza Tabrizi, a CIA operative in Tehran, Iran.  This story line is right along with many things happening in the Mid East.  Things we hear on the evening news and some things you and I might suspect are going on too.

You can probably find in your local library.  If this tickles your fancy, get it and read to your hearts temporary content.

Yeah!  Even folks who live along the banks of Flat Creek can read. 🙂

-Tim

My Reading Habits

Reading at times seems to be difficult.  I can read, I enjoy reading, but there are times I would like to read and cannot make myself do it.  There is, however, one book that I have committed myself to picking up and reading at least once a day; and that is the Bible.

Since the end of December I have read three or four novels; three of which were a series.  The series is by Stephen Lawhead, and was a different version of the story of Robin Hood. The first book is “Hood”; the second, “Scarlet” and the third “Tuck”.  A great story.  I also have read one of John MacArthur’s newest works, “Slave”; and it is sure inspiring and challenging.  I have also read “Radical” by David Platt, and found out what a Christian in today’s world should really be.  Biblical.  Radical.  Like Jesus.

I actually read “Radical” before “Slave”, and I find that though written by different men, who may have never met one another (I don’t know for sure about that), the books complement one another.

I haven’t been reading much except the Bible lately.  Partly trying to keep myself physically busy with our place, church and other matters; but I still need to do some more reading.  I have much I need to catch up on.

Reading novels takes me back in time and sometimes into the future.  They are mostly imaginary, fictional, and can sometimes be inspirational and informing.  Most of the news of the day I get from television news, some online which is reading.

The sun is going to be coming over the hill shortly.  It is good to look outside and see the “book” which God has written.  The book of creation, life, beauty, and sometimes chaos and tragedy.  It is the most exciting of all.  And, it has the perfect ending.

On the banks of Flat Creek shortly before sunrise.

-Tim

Guest At My Front Door

It is infrequently that we have any guests show up at our door. Usually they come in cars, pickups, or ATV’s; and they don’t come often.

Yesterday morning June 25, ’09 I had just settled in my reading chair, settled in for my daily reading in the Bible, and I heard a scratching sound at the front door; and that is in my office where I do my reading. I got up, turned on the light for the front porch, and there he was. It was a young raccoon come letting me know he was there.

He turned to walk away, then turned to face me again, and stood on his hind legs with his arms up in the air. I believe that is a universal sign of surrender. “I give up.”, he said; then he turned and ran away as I unlocked the door.

God’s creatures have a way of teaching us lessons.

-Tim A. Blankenship